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Western Iowa county official defends funding for his group

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WOODBURY COUNTY (AP) -

More than $180,000 in county funding has been approved by a western county board chairman for a nonprofit organization he manages.

George Boykin, chairman of Woodbury County Board and the Sanford Community Center’s executive director says it’s not fair for the center to suffer because he’s on the county board.

Boykin says he has never had a say in funding that goes to the center and abstains from funding discussions on it.

The center operates after-school and summer programs for at-risk youth, as well as coordinates numerous outreach efforts.

James Van Bruggen, of the Taxpayers Research Council, says it seems to him that the center is "getting favoritism, because they are getting six figures of money."

Information from Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/1gEZH2K )

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